Only Sofuoglu and Sam Lowes had the pace to lead and they gapped the following riders comprehensively to fight it out right to the very last lap. Close to the end, after Lowes had taken the lead, both riders entered a slow hairpin and touched, with Lowes crashing, but restarting to finish second. Sofuoglu took the win, the 24th of his career.
It was Sofuoglu’s second race win in succession, his third of the season and takes him to within 29 points of championship leader Lowes. Foret battled through from a third row starting place to take a clever third place, holding off the charging local rider Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) which had his best race of the year today, in fourth place.
“My first two laps were very good but after that my rear tyre spun on the rim and this affected me in the race. I lost my best speed and I just tried to control Sam. In the last lap we were really fighting and I thought maybe something was going to happen. I understood he wanted to win too much and I wanted to win too much. When Sam passed me on the last lap we both ran away from the track, and neither of us had an ideal line. Both of us entered the next corner on a very tight line and I touched him. He crashed and I am sad for that. I will still have to be lucky to win the title because of the points gap, but I hope I can win more races.”